Rays fans, meet your new pitcher…
In 2008, while pitching for the Bakersfield Blaze, a single-A affiliate in the Texas Rangers organization, Lueke was charged with rape (via TampaBay.com).
[Disclaimer: I have worked for several years as a Crime Scene Investigator. DNA is my specialty, and I have worked hundreds of sexual assault cases, and have testified in court on several occasions. So I do know a thing or two about this type of case.]
In May 2008, the alleged victim attended a Blaze game and then met with some of the players at a bar after the game…the woman willingly went to several bars with the players, including Lueke, Clayton Hamilton and Kasey Kiker…The woman eventually left the bar along with several of the players. She ended up in the apartment of Hamilton and Lueke…The woman told police she remembered vomiting into the toilet at the apartment. While doing so, the woman told police someone she could not identify was standing at her side masturbating on her…She said she passed out, and when she awoke at around 8:45 a.m., she told police she was lying on a couch with her pants down and other parts of her clothing were missing…She told police she felt violated and that she never agreed to have sex with anyone.
Court documents also showed that Lueke denied ever having any physical contact with the victim, and that Lueke “lied multiple times to police investigating the suspected sexual assault.”
Investigators later obtained DNA samples from semen found on the woman’s jeans and white tank top and from an anal swab…A report from the Kern County Crime Lab states, “Josh Lueke matches this DNA” from the anal swab, tank top strap and hair of the alleged victim.
This is very typical of a sexual assault case, and it is how most he-said-she-said sexual assault cases are prosecuted. Typically, the suspect denies ever having sex. DNA then proves there was intercourse. And now, the suspect is a proven liar and is shown to be hiding what really happened. Not good if you are asking a jury to believe your version of events.
But in this case, the victim did not want to go through with the trial, so she agreed to allow a plea bargain. At this point, Lueke changed his plea to “no contest” to a lesser charge of “false imprisonment with violence.” He served a total of 42 days in jail.
Unfortunately, this is the evil side of “The Extra 2%.” Lueke’s criminal past meant that the talent level is worth more than the price the Rays had to pay.